Wall victorious in Burnet County; Blackburn re-elected in Llano County

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Precinct 3 Commissioner Billy Wall speaks to a campaign worker while awaiting election results Tuesday, March 3.

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

Burnet Bulletin

Burnet County Precinct 3 Commissioner Billy Wall rode a large early voting margin to victory Tuesday night, March 3, in complete but unofficial election returns.

Meanwhile, Llano County Sheriff Bill Blackburn also used early voting to cruise to a re-election win over challenger Jim Caruso, while Dwain Rogers will be elected the next Llano County Attorney, succeeding Rebecca Lange, who did not seek re-election.

Burnet County

Wall, who was seeking re-election to his second term on the court, defeated challenger William “Dee” Haddock, a Marble Falls City Councilmember, by a vote total of 950-594, or 61.53 percent to 38.47 percent.

In early voting, Wall built a 481-257 lead, which proved to be insurmountable when election day totals were added into the mix. Haddock closed the gap by about 35 votes when the Marble Falls Box 20 was counted, but among the final boxes counted were Box 10 and 11 near Bertram, which were strongly in support of Wall.

“We're very pleased with the election. It was a great day out there because everybody turned out and the early election totals showed that at 65 percent to 35 percent,” Wall said from the Burnet County GOP election watch party in Burnet. “We're really proud that people appreciate what I'm doing and I hope to continue to do that for them each and every day for the next four years.”

Wall ran his campaign by telling voters he was a “full-time county commissioner” and the message seemed to resonate with voters.

“I've tried to show that through my work every day and by giving back through benefits and money I donate through my own funding and anything I can do to make it better for the people of Precinct 3 in Burnet County,” he said.

Llano County

Blackburn, who touted more than 40 years in law enforcement, including the last 15 as sheriff in Llano County, defeated Caruso 3,343-1,431 with all nine precincts reporting. Blackburn received more votes in early voting, 1,736, than Caruso received overall, which spelled victory for the incumbent.

“I’d say the voters have chosen and spoken,” Caruso posted on his Facebook page after the results were announced. “Thanks to all that supported me in this endeavor. The freedom of choice is what makes America so great.”

Rogers, a local attorney who has worked with the Llano County Commissioners Court to represent their interests on lands in Tom Green County, will now represent the county on a full-time basis as an elected official. He received 2,928 votes to 1,577 for Camille Reasor, an assistant in the District Attorney's office.

There will be a runoff for the Precinct 3 Justice of the Peace position. Debra (Deb) Edwards, who was appointed to succeed Era Marion in the position last year, gained 336 votes for 41.18 percent, but it was not enough to exceed the threshhold. Dorothy “Dot” Wooten received 194 votes, or 23.77, and also made the runoff.

 

For more information. see the Wednesday, March 11, edition of the Burnet Bulletin.

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